All You Wanted to Know: Round V Long Tables

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

It can seem like such a simple thing, but the decision on table layout for your wedding or event has so many deciding factors and consequences. It can feel a little bit mind-boggling!

We've collected tips and advice from our friends in the industry to help with your choices.

Factor to consider: Venue

Firstly, consider how the layouts will look at your venue.

Does it cry out to have one opulently long table or would round tables be better at filling a large space, so it doesn't look too vast? Typically, long tables end up being able to seat fewer people in the room than round tables. These capacities make long tables great call for an intimate number of guests, whereas round tables are better for larger numbers.

Similarly, round tables are perhaps more sociable with guests being able to speak to more people than just those seated either side or opposite them and so can be great for networking and creating a real buzz in the room. They also work well for charity events as you can sell a table at a time.

Speak to your venue team; they will be able to tell you how many people their spaces can accommodate in each layout and send images of how it will look.

Our friends from The Wallace Collection Events team had this magical advice:

"For the Great Gallery, long tables are undoubtedly the most breath-taking option - whether two side by side or a single show-stopping long down the centre of the gallery. Long tables work so well in here because they mirror the layout of the space and emphasise its feeling of grandeur and exclusivity. In a room like the Great Gallery, such a set-up also gives a vibrant, dramatic sense of a focal feasting point - as portrayed in many of the paintings themselves - with long tables overflowing with luxurious meals, goblets of wine and fruit, opulent fabrics and trinkets in abundance."

"As the Courtyard is usually favoured for its versatility, round tables are a better fit to ensure easier access and guest flow. Round tables certainly grant a great deal more flexibility with the space, particularly if there is a lot of entertainment or after dinner dancing planned! We've also had clients combine the two aesthetics; with one long central table, surrounded by rounds. Mixing up the layout creates a great impact - or of course, to throw a spanner in the works, there's always ovals if you can't decide!"

Factor to Consider: Floristry

Now, this is where we can show off! For floristry, both types of table set-up have pros and cons:

Long tables can bring an opulent sense of drama and can lend themselves to unforgettably striking events because of the continuity and additional space they have in comparison to round tables.

We've made garlands that fill the full length of a table and cascades over the ends to pool across the floor.

We've laid hundreds of bud vases along the centre of a table